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Five on Friday: COVID-19 Vaccination in Puerto Rico

Five on Friday: COVID-19 Vaccination in Puerto Rico

Friday has arrived! Why not ease into a December weekend with five reads on health justice? While not all are feel-good stories, we always end on a positive note with our Weekly Win, and all aim to keep us up to date in migrant and immigrant health. So, pull up a cozy chair, grab a cup of cocoa, and read up.

Two people holding a pair of boots

Kaethe shared the LA Times article that shares numerous personal stories before noting, “younger Latinos’ vulnerability to COVID-19 stems from a confluence of socioeconomic and health factors, researchers believe.” Young Latinos Are Dying of COVID at an Alarming Rate — The Effects Could Be Felt for Generations

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People processing onions at a facility

Amy forwarded this Vice article that she noted is “a painful reminder of the treatment of migrant workers and the need for strong enforcement to ensure these workers are provided not only a safe and healthy workplace, but basic human rights.” Workers Held at Gunpoint in Modern-Day Slavery Operation in Georgia, Feds Allege

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A person drinking water

Amy also offered a new research article from the clinical journal, Environmental Research, that found that those without a social security number may experience higher risks of dehydration, renal disease, and cardiovascular disease. Using Social Security Number to Identify Sub-Populations Vulnerable to the Health Impacts from Extreme Heat in Florida, US

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an illustration of birds flying in smoke

Claire sent along on an oldie-but-a-goodie that she found just recently, in which a physician follows the disparate stories of two patients who are seeking asylum after the climate crisis pushed them away from home, published in Health Affairs. Climate Migration And The Future Of Health Care

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A person receiving a vaccination

Weekly Win: Kaethe forwarded this radio segment, a celebration of the island’s efforts to get over 75% of the island residents vaccinated -- a higher percentage than any other US state or territory. It’s also had relatively low COVID death rates.  Puerto Rico Is a COVID Success Story

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Have a safe and healthy weekend!

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